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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Texas

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
John Cornyn Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John Cornyn Republican Party
John Cornyn.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Texas will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 9, 2013
March 4, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Texas has a mixed primary system, in which voters do not have to register with a party. At the primary, they may choose which party primary ballot to vote on, but in order to vote they must sign a pledge declaring they will not vote in another party's primary or convention that year.[3][4]

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Texas elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by John Cornyn (R). Cornyn was first elected in 2002.


General election candidates

May 27, 2014, primary runoff
Democratic Party Democratic candidates

March 4, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Green Party Green Party Convention

Independent Independent candidates

Not running

Race background

Cornyn is taking the threat of a strong primary challenge seriously. Fellow Texas senator Ted Cruz refused to endorse his colleague, John Cornyn, or any other incumbent. He stated, "I think every elected official, including me, owes it to the people, owes it the grass roots, to go and make the case to the grass roots why he or she is representing their interests."[10]

Rep. Steve Stockman's entrance into the race represents a possible strong primary challenge to Cornyn. One obstacle that Stockman will have to overcome should he have a chance to defeat Cornyn is the massive difference in campaign cash between the two candidates. As of the latest campaign finance reports, Cornyn had roughly $7 million to Stockman's $32,000.[11]


Government shutdown

John Cornyn

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[12] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. John Cornyn voted with the Republican Party against the bill.[13]


Stockman arrest record

Stockman denied allegations from the Cornyh campaign that he was tried with a felony in 1977. He filed a libel lawsuit against Texas for a Conservative Majority, accusing the PAC of "falsely asserting that he was charged with a felony." The suit reads, "This case involves some of the most outrageous, malicious defamation ever recorded in Harris County."[14]

According to the arrest record, Stockman was initially charged with felony possession of Valium, but the charges were dropped when he pleaded no contest to "use of a controlled substance" - a misdemeanor.[14]


John Cornyn vs. Steve Stockman
Poll John Cornyn Steve StockmanUnsureMargin of ErrorSample Size
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John Cornyn

Senator John Cornyn: Keep Texas Red

Senator John Cornyn - Astonishing

Dwayne Stovall

Dwayne Stovall: Turtle Soup

Campaign contributions

Candidate ballot access
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John Cornyn

David Alameel

**As of the 2014 October Quarterly Report, Alameel's committee owed $5,775,000 in outstanding loans to David Alameel.

Michael Fjetland

Harry Kim

Maxey Marie Scherr

Kesha Rogers

Curt Cleaver

Ken Cope

Chris Mapp

Steve Stockman

Dwayne Stovall

Linda Vega

Election history


On November 6, 2012, Ted Cruz won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Paul Sadler (D), John Jay Myers (L) and David Collins (G) in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Texas General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Cruz 56.5% 4,440,137
     Democratic Paul Sadler 40.6% 3,194,927
     Libertarian John Jay Myers 2.1% 162,354
     Green David B. Collins 0.9% 67,404
Total Votes 7,864,822
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 4, 2008, John Cornyn won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Richard Noriega (D) and Yvonne Adams Schick (L) in the general election.[47]

U.S. Senate, Texas General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Cornyn incumbent 54.8% 4,337,469
     Democratic Richard Noriega 42.8% 3,389,365
     Libertarian Yvonne Adams Schick 2.3% 185,241
Total Votes 7,912,075

See also

External links


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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named fairvote
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  7. Politico, "Texas tea party seeks Ted Cruz 2.0: David Barton," November 3, 2013
  8. The Blaze, "Historian David Barton Makes Major Announcement About Potential Senate Run,"November 6, 2013
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  10. The Washington Post, "Cruz speaks volumes with his silence on Senate GOP colleagues’ primary races," August 24, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Steve Stockman’s controversial tweets and four other things to know about him," December 10, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 The Texas Tribune, "Stockman's Claims About Record Draw Questions," February 10, 2014
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  24. Federal Election Commission, "David Alameel Pre-Primary," accessed April 29, 2014
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  26. Federal Election Commission, "David Alameel Pre-Run-Off," accessed June 18, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "David Alameel July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "David Alameel October Quarterly," accessed October 24, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Michael Fjetland Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Harry Kim Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Maxey Marie Scherr Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Kesha Rogers Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Kesha Rogers Pre-Primary," accessed April 29, 2014
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  40. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Mapp Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
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  45. Federal Election Commission, "Dwayne Stovall Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Linda Vega Year-End," accessed February 16, 2014
  47. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013